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Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by notmybikemodelname, Dec 10, 2012.
Watch the video.
I have a Montana and both the 60 and 478GPS.
478 is the best IMO, use the 60 for tracking my route (stuffed in the camel back) and the 478 on the bars.
The montana has been on the nightstand for a year, I don't like the touchscreen. It does weird things on the bike.
A real good read. lots of info.
I'll trade ya a set of pro tapers for that pos Montana ?
I'll trade ya a set of pro tapers for that POS Montana... ???
Ha ha, Plus full year ride support on all my rides (could be costly), Check is in the mail.
Sure it is
Just picked a up 478 from a fellow inmate, should have it by next week. Really looking forward to getting my hands on it & getting used to it. Have 60csx at the moment, just to small for my aging eyes. Any & all tips for the 478 would be appreiciated.
I am pretty sure you will be happy with it.
Read the manual, (skip the marine stuff) and sit home and play with it. They frustrated the hell out of me, until I learned how to navigate the menu's, now it is 2nd nature. Just like the first time you used a computer mouse, it takes practice.
The units will do a lot of things, you just have to know how to ask it to do what you want.
BTW, when you first fire it up, set it in an open area, antenna up. It will take a little while to get a fix, as it is looking for satellites floating around the East coast.
Your going to like the bigger screen. Is it already loaded with 24k topo west? Did it come with a mount for the bike? gpscity.com has good deals on accessories and 2 day free delivery.
Living up to your screen name you probably haven't even bought the City Navigator map or mount for the Montana you won in DV and got for free.
Hard to form a solid opinion with no maps and when it's in the plastic map sleeve of your tank bag...
You guys have fun trying to bring back 10 year old GPS tech. I trust my life on my solo rides to the Montana regularly, and while I did have to exchange my first generation Montana, it's been many miles, many tracks, and lots of good ADV'ing with my rock solid second generation Montana. Not one problem on my Baja 1000 solo pre-run ride, or TAT ride, or anywhere else with this GPS. I trust mine.
I've had a 276 and 478, and Zumo, and Oregon, and Streetpilot, etc.
Loved my 478, best GPS ever for ADV riding with tracks, until the Montana.
10,000 active track point limit, with no limit on tracks stored in the unit. No more truncating, no more limits on track lengths, need more space? goto to CVS and buy a micro SD... Having satellite imagery that shows all those cows trails that aren't on any map, or place to camp off the trail... etc, etc, etc.
The Montana IS the new 478, with all the modern benefits. Don't believe the hype that it's not ready for mainstream, let your chart plotters go and join the rest of us in the year 2012.
We got Indian guides up here, we don't need that shit.
Finally...a real world answer on the Montana!! Tried to ask in the Montana thread and they all burst into tears.
What's the trick to make sure a vendor doesn't dump a 1st gen on me?
Too bad the Montana doesn't have the big screen like the 276 for all of the young (or OLD) FF's with old eyes
The bigger screen would be a plus, but other wise the Montana is a bad ass gps. I love it.
I couldn't have said it better!
I'm not exactly sure there is such a thing as v1 and v2 for the units. I was early adopter and there were some screens failing about a year ago, Garmin overnighted me a new one... No problems in the last year with this new one. Lots of software updates since then too. If mine had as many troubles as people say they all do, I'd go back to something else, but mines rock solid.
I generally stay out of the big Montana thread so I'm not sure what guys are whining about these days.
Heading to DV right now, it's nice to have all the tracks from all my travels there last year loaded up without a concern for space.
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Glad you like your Montana, but seriously it's just an upgraded hiking and exploring GPS with Google sat imagery. It's lacking the screen size and push button controlling (too many issues with touch screen at high speed). We're not trying to say that the Montana is a bad GPS,, what we're saying is take the best of the 276/376/478 series, which were very high performance, and still are and make them better. Maybe utilize some of the Montana farkles into it as well. A true racer/rallier/dirtbike GPS, must have a large screen, be push button or handlebar remote controlled to be truly effective at high speed in rough terrain. The Montana doesn't cut it for that.
I would like to see somebody use there gps at high speed on rough terrain, any gps. The bike and you are moving around so much that you can't take your hands off the bars let alone really see the screen at high speed. Just my opinion.
Come out to the KotW in 2013, you'll see quite a few Baja 1000 vets and at least three Dakar vets, among many other very accomplished desert racers/navigators doing it for four days straight. I'm sure you're capable as well if you really need to.
Tha's also why I suggest handlebar remote control like a rally trip computer/roll chart.
I don't think that is the point here. At least not in my case.